The following media round up on international, legal and foreign policy issues from around the Balkans for the period from 28 January to 2 February 2022.
Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia . Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Serbia – 28 January 2022
Environmental groups express delight following the report that German development bank KfW has abandoned plans to finance a hydropower plant near Zenica that NGOs said would damage the local environment. The full article can be found here.
Kosovo – 28 January 2022
The Kosovo Judicial Council has suspended judge Riza Livoreka from Kacanik after BIRN’s Kallxo Pernime show revealed footage of the judge illegally negotiating a deal between parties involved in a trial outside of court. The full article can be found here.
Kosovo – 29 January 2022
The pre-trial judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in Hague, Nicolas Guillou, extended detention for Hashim Thaci ahead of his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo. The full article can be found here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 31 January 2022
The Supreme Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Federation entity revoked the verdict convicting Veljko Papic, the former commander of the Third Company with the First Battalion of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Sarajevo-Romanija Corps, of crimes against the civilian population in Sarajevo’s Grbavica and Kovacici neighbourhoods during the Bosnian war.
The full article can be found here.
Montenegro – 31 January 2022
Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic said security was now tougher in the Port of Bar – but matters still need to improve if drug smugglers are to be stopped. The full article can be found here.
Serbia – 1 February 2022
The Appeals Court in Belgrade upheld Dalibor Krstovic’s appeal and quashed the first-instance verdict convicting him of raping a female Bosniak prisoner while she was being detained at an elementary school in the Bosnian town of Kalinovik during the war. The full article can be found here.
Kosovo – 3 February 2022
Kosovo Police apprehended, then released, a cameraman in the southern town of Suhareke/Suva Reka after filming the eviction of a privatised company put under administration by the Kosovo Privatisation Agency, KPA. The full article can be found here.
Montenegro – 2 February 2022
Russia has refused to allow a Montenegrin Interior Ministry official into the country, expressing its anger over Montenegro's decision to grant asylum to a fugitive tycoon wanted in connection with a double homicide. The full article can be found here.